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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces agricultural concepts, including farming systems as part of the landscape in a geographic, climatic and human context. A long history of agriculture is explored, including first nations agriculture. Challenges of contemporary farming are discussed, with a focus on sustainability challenges of feeding and clothing our growing population. The concepts of regenerative agriculture and complex socio-ecological phenomena are introduced.

Unit content

  1. A long history of farming and traditional agricultural systems
  2. Influence of climate, soils and topography on farming landscapes
  3. The social and economic context of farming systems
  4. Challenges in contemporary farming systems, including cropping, horticulture and livestock
  5. Complex adaptive socio-ecological systems in food production, including farmer decision-making
  6. Holism: ecology, agriculture and the regenerative agriculture movement.

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe the cultural, environmental and production characteristics of different food production systems over time
2 describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systems
3 describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-making
4 discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food production

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the cultural, environmental and production characteristics of different food production systems over time
  2. describe some of the major challenges in agricultural systems
  3. describe some of the complex influences on farmer decision-making
  4. discuss the attributes and philosophy of complex systems in the context of food production

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.